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Remote Area Border Crossing program set to resume

The program is part of a phasing in of Canada Border Services Agency programs that were affected by COVID-19
The gales of November come stealin' at Gros Cap on Lake Superior

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced this afternoon that the Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) program is resuming.

The program, which is available in parts of northwestern Ontario and southeastern Manitoba, is part of the phasing in of CBSA programs that are still affected by measures put in place due to COVID-19.

Among the areas where the program will be resuming are locally (upper lock system) as well as the Canadian shore of Lake Superior.

The program allows travellers who wish to cross the border into Canada in certain remote areas do so via a permit.

Permit holders are not required to physically present themselves at a port of entry though they still have to declare any goods they are bringing into the country.

Application for a permit is done through the CBSA and those applying are required to present proof of vaccination or medical contradiction when doing so.

Other requirements when applying include:

  • all members will be required to complete an ArriveCAN submission for each trip.
  • RABC permit holders can’t use their permit to enter Canada if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days or have symptoms of COVID-19. Returning residents must present themselves at the nearest CBSA port of entry.

Full eligibility requirements can be found here.